Cultural Programs

Cultural Programs

– PEECS film club

In the Spring semester of 2013, PEECS will continue to show the art documentaries of the Hungarian director Péter Forgács, on Wednesday afternoons, between 16:00 -- 18:00, at Halsenget Gård.

Visitors from NTNU are welcome -- give us please an advance notice if you wish to join us!

Note: the short presentations below are excerpts (sometimes slightly modifed) taken from Péter Forgács's web-site:


Wednesday, 30 January, 16:00 – 17:00

Kádár's Kiss (1997) - by Péter Forgács

45 minutes

Having crushed the revolutionary uprising of 1956, a new "softer" version of Soviet-type dictatorial rule was established by János Kádár in Hungary. Whatever the merits of this 'happiest lockup" in the Socialist camp may have been, its double speak, repression and shameless ideological or political perversion constitutes a sharp contrast to the everyday life behind the doors of private homes. Kádár's Kiss ironically explores the Kafkaesque Hungarian life and politics juxtaposing the public and the private in Hungarian history.

Wednesday, 6 February, 16:00 – 17:00

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Bourgeois Dictionary (1992) - by Péter Forgács

49 minutes

Bourgeois Dictionaries is a catalogue of Hungarian middle-class preoccupations, aspirations and anxieties, arranged in alphabetical groupings, such as 'C as in Courtyard, Cyclamen, Communism', and uses footage from the 1930s through to the 1950s.

"I'm collecting the hidden, suppressed, forgotten and oppressed past of Hungary. There is a mission here for me because Hungary is a country where in seventy years there have been eleven different social and political structures, where there were two devastating world wars and five unsuccessful revolutions and counter-revolutions, four different (national-socialist, extreme rightist, and communist) dictatorships, and only in my lifetime has there been a revolution (in 1956) and a 'soft' revolution (in 1989)."(Péter Forgács, 2001)

Wednesday, 13 February, 16:00 – 17:30

GermanUnity@Balaton (2011) - - by Péter Forgács

79 minutes

‘GERMAN UNITY @ BALATON' is a poetic impression of an extraordinary postwar history  of East-Europe.

"Many people say that the Hungarian Balaton is the Hungarian Sea. But in my view it's much more than that. There is some kind of softness and openness, as a landscape too, towards those, thereby all the Eastern-Germans, who have been flowing towards Hungary; it stays in their hearts forever. It does not matter how the water looks like today or tomorrow, these times worth more than four weeks of vacation, and it's hard to put it in words. But I think the thing that You are doing here, and there are lots of sounds and pictures, as in a rug, so if we are going to take a look, we will seen, what this all has started. I think the fall of the Wall can be thanked to the sparkle of the Balaton."

from Ulrich Grünert's interview in the film

Friday, 15 February, 16:00 – 18:15

Otac na Sluzbenom Putu (When Father Was Away on Business)

When Father Was Away on Business (1985), Yugoslav film directed by Emir Kusturica

129 minutes

This film is shown upon the request of PhD-candidate Sigurd Sverre Stangeland!

An exuberant portrait of Yugoslavia in the 1950s -- seen through the eyes of six year-old Malik. As the country resists the pressures of Stalin, many find themselves taken away 'on business' by the police for making imprudent statements against Tito's regime. But Malik's father, Manojlovic gets imprisoned for an altogether less noble reason: he had an affair with the mistress of a high-ranking party official ... Naively believing his Papa to be away on business, Malik must face up to life's sometimes poignant, often comic tribulations without him.

This film was the Winner of Palme d'Or, Best Film, at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985.